A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, does Bessie feel that exploitation and evil are dependent on?

2. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie say is the root of traditional African life?

3. In "A Question of Power," Bessie states that what can lead a people or a nation into a terrible abyss of destruction?

4. Bogadi marriages are arranged to retain what?

5. What is the only industry that the British used Botswana for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

2. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?

3. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

4. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

5. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

6. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

7. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

8. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

9. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

10. In "God and The Underdog," what does Bessie feel fuels revolutions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bessie views African religion as "within oneself," with no need for institutions or communal worship. Does this seem to work well, for them? Why does Bessie think that this fits into their basic philosophy of life? Bessie states that this is the religion of any people who have never been wanted by the rest of mankind nor had the means or education to find God in a "posh place." Do you agree with this statement? Does a place of worship have to be posh? Is the fact of a community coming together more important than the structure that they worship in? Why, do you think, she assumes that all organized religions have elegant places of worship? Do you think she's right? Given the black South African's sense of being set apart from the rest of the world, do you think their type of "individual" worship only serves to emphasize their "aloneness"? Would a more group-based religion make them feel like part of something larger?

Essay Topic 2

The Natives Land Act of 1913 deeply affected the lives of the South African blacks. What was the purpose of the Act? What did the shortage of labor at the mines have to do with the passing of the Act? What were the consequences for whites, who allowed the blacks access to water or grazing land? What, do you think, was the main effect on the psyche of the one million black people affected by the passing of this Act?

Essay Topic 3

In Ellen Kuzwayo's "Call me Woman," she describes her life before and after oppression. What was her life like before? What was the view of South African then? What kind of work was her family involved in? What kind of education did she have? Ellen was a part of the first groups of educated blacks that felt leadership should be based on merit, not ethnicity. What event changed her life drastically? Do you think she was at all prepared to be thrust into a world of instant poverty, violence, and suffering? How did she deal with it? Do you think that it's easier for someone to accept this, if they've been born into it and it's all they've ever known, rather than someone, like Ellen, who knew a good life and then was forced to give everything up?

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